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View Poll Results: what tank size?
40gal 36x15x16 2 8.33%
50 gal 36x15x20 0 0%
60 gal 48x15x20 0 0%
60 gal 48x15x18 0 0%
75 gal 48x18x20 12 50.00%
75 gal 60x18x16 10 41.67%
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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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going to get a new tank, but having the hardest time to decide what one i should get:
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From your list, definitely the fat 75 gallon...


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I really think you should give us a little more information of what look you are going for. For example, for designing a heavily planted aquascape I think the 'fat 75 gallon tank' is probably the best.

However, if you are thinking about having a more minimalistic aquascape like some amano designs, the 60'' 75 gallon would be perfect to create for example on of his mountain scapes with a huge school of small fish.

For other designs the 50 gal 36x15x20 might be perfect.

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The bigger the footprint the more room to plant, which is good. If it is too short though, after you add 3" of substrate you may feel limited by how tall you can grow the different plants to get some vertical differentiation between them. Like Mario said, I think a big part of the decision will depend on what final look you are after.
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thanks for the replies, i am looking for a tank that is fairly long, i have a 10ft blank wall to fill i would like something that is taller, my tank right now is 16" high and it is adequate, but as TonyD said 3" of substrate knocks down the height even more. I was also looking at 100 gallon tanks, but im not sure if i want to spend the $ for substrate and lights for it and also another filter. anyone have a 100gal setup? pics? and price per mont it cost in electricty? I just want a cleaning looking aquascape, leaning more twoards a discus, or amazon look.
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If you are into the 'amazon look' large swords with discus I really have to advise you spend the money and go for the 6 foot 135 gallon tank. There is just nothing better. You get the proper height and depht to grow some serious swords, I gives you enough room to house some discus and I like the ratio of height to length.

If you are on a more restrictive budget, go at least for a 4 foot 90 gallon tank.

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Actually.. There are a few sizes you haven't listed here that are definately worth considering..

90 Gallon = 36" x 24" x 24"
120 Gallon = 48" x 24" x 24"
180 Gallon = 72" x 24" x 24"


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yea the sizes i listed is what they carry in tank sizes for acrylic, I really want an acrylic tank, ive been sold on them, had 5 so far. I have a 36x15 stand right now thats why i listed the 40 and 50 gal. Only reason im not gogin to a super big tank is i dont want to pay more $ for electricity than the rest of the house just for the tank and also buy another filte, more lights at this time.

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My 135 Gallon (72" x 18" x 24") costs me $35 a month (Canadian) to run... its not that much..


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ok i went crazy, i purchased a 100 gal acrylic 60x18x20 tank. thanks for the help guys
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Great choice. I don't think you can wrong with a tank that size. Gives you a ton of room for aquascaping and large fish like discus or angels.
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Well, I was gonna recomend the 75 gal 48x18x20, but a 60x18x20 is even better
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Man - you're gonna be happy with that choice.
Besides the fun of using it, anything smaller would have looked small - had less impact - against your 10' wall.
Can't wait to see pix!
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